Chinese imperial seal sold for record $22m at auction
Dec.15, Beijing: An 18th Century Chinese imperial seal has been sold for a record €21m (£18m, $22m) - more than 20 times its estimated price.
The sale, to an unnamed Chinese collector, took place in Paris on Wednesday after a heated bidding war, Drouot auction house said.
The palm-sized seal is made of red and white steatite, a type of mineral rock.
It was one of hundreds owned by Emperor Qianlong, one of the longest serving Chinese emperors.
The previous record set for an auctioned seal was €14m in 2011.
The Oslo Times International News Network